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Post by Ranjan » Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:21 pm

OK, I will book tomorrow.
As much help as you can stand, no problem :lol: .

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Post by Ranjan » Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:30 pm

It would be nice to share this glorious track with a few other RX8er's; anyone game.

It is on a Sunday and the weather will be sunny and hot.
We could drive down on Friday night and come back Sunday night.
It is in August so plenty of time to prepare.
Think about it.... the Le Mans circuit!

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Post by GreySilver Beast » Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:31 pm

What a star you are Ranjan =D> and I not at all jealous :^o :-k - Events Team
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Post by Ranjan » Fri Jan 03, 2020 2:35 am

Guys,

Mark has recommended using Speed Monster Club to book this track day, they have a facebook page:



one has to fill in a form and send off a cheque in Euros, or travellers cheques will do. I think you can pay by credit card if you ring them up.

The link to the form you need to fill in is below:

https://21966637-8b19-4f30-b271-9bf2efd ... 1af11c.pdf

It is in French but just use Google translate to change it to English.

I have sent off my cheque and completed form.

Come on people it is a blooming lovely track to drive.

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Post by Markl17 » Fri Jan 03, 2020 7:17 am

Hi
If it helps I can post the form with all the relevant boxes filled in to make it easy.as for payment I can ask if they will do bank transfer.the track insurance is all online and takes minutes
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Post by Markl17 » Tue Jan 07, 2020 6:20 pm

Hi not strictly track day ,
I will be going on my usual pilgrimage to the pau grand prix from the 22 to 24 may.it is always a good weekend as it is a street circuit in town so plenty of night life to.last years race was won by billy monger in the rain,an enspired Tyre choice and brilliant driving.the gt cars do a night race on Saturday night they look so great in the dark while your stud watching with a beer in your hand.
Also going to the classic Le man 24 hour on 3 to 5 July I have never been before so looking forward to that and will be camping.
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Post by Markl17 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:35 am

Morning
I am sorting through my track day kit ready for March and I think I need a good Tyre pressure gauge as at the moment I am using the one on the pump in the back of the car and I am guessing it is not very accurate,any recommendations would be very welcome also do any of you wear gloves on track days if so what are the benefits.
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Post by Ranjan » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:31 pm

Mark,

Just get a semi-decent one like the one below:

https://www.demon-tweeks.com/uk/venhill ... i-vhpvt32/

It is good enough for track days.

Unless you have a particularly slippery steering wheel don't bother with gloves in a fixed roof car especially in France during the summer!
You don't need them.

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Post by v-rex » Sun Jan 12, 2020 12:33 pm

Markl17 wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 7:35 am
Morning
I am sorting through my track day kit ready for March and I think I need a good Tyre pressure gauge as at the moment I am using the one on the pump in the back of the car and I am guessing it is not very accurate,any recommendations would be very welcome also do any of you wear gloves on track days if so what are the benefits.
Mark
Oops, just missed this before I started my own thread on this matter. I used the



gauge for a few years and it seemed spot on. No track usage though, just normal roads.
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Post by Markl17 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:30 pm

Thanks I will order an analogue one as suggested and not bother with the gloves.
On a similar note is it better to take Tyre pressures after a couple of laps or after say 15 minutes I am just trying to make my track days less random.
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Post by mrspiller » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:37 pm

I prefer to wear gloves with the standard steering wheel


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Post by GreySilver Beast » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:43 pm

Can never understand people wearing gloves as you can't feel the steering wheel through your hands :!:
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Post by qwakers » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:44 pm

I do because i have to when racing, so its what im used to..,
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Post by Ranjan » Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:54 pm

Markl17 wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 1:30 pm
Thanks I will order an analogue one as suggested and not bother with the gloves.
On a similar note is it better to take Tyre pressures after a couple of laps or after say 15 minutes I am just trying to make my track days less random.
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Mark,

Some very broad comments dealing with tyre pressures:

If using road tyres on track start at about 28psi (cold tyres) if the ambient temp is not too cold. Then go on track, do a stint, come back in and immediately take a reading of all four tyres. You should see them reading anything between 32-34psi. Lower them to 30psi and go out again and see how they feel; what is the grip like? Come in again and check pressures again and alter to suit grip levels. Road tyres overheat quickly so keep checking the pressures immediately after stints.

If using semi-slicks just remember they all have different characteristics but generally start at about 26psi cold and go out do a stint and then check again. Reset to 28psi and go out again and see how the grip levels feel. Semi-slicks generally have much more linear thermal characteristics than road tyres so you can do longer stints on them than road tyres and should not show too much pressures changes once warmed up.

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Post by Markl17 » Sun Jan 12, 2020 3:14 pm

This is really good information because I would come in after a stint take the pressures but not really now what to do so was just guessing.sorry if it makes me sound like a newby.
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Post by New Duke » Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:47 pm

GreySilver Beast wrote:
Sun Jan 12, 2020 2:43 pm
Can never understand people wearing gloves as you can't feel the steering wheel through your hands :!:
Can with my Alpinestars Tech 1 V2s mate, they're grippy but still thin and flexible enough to feel under the fingers.

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Post by v-rex » Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:28 pm

As a side note. In a kart the glove that stands out is the Sparco tide. The racing equivalent is Sparco Tide RG-9.

It has a special volcanic grip that absorbs small vibrations whilst giving you good grip and feel. They are expensive but definitely worth it, for kart racing at least.

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Post by v-rex » Sun Jan 12, 2020 5:58 pm

Here is a demo of the kart version of the gloves on a greasy drying track and they felt perfect...


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